Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures from issue 285, we look at the highlights from our first drive in Hyundai’s hot i20 N

Hyundai’s N division made an outstanding first impression upon the launch of the i30 N in 2017, but it has taken until now for it to come up with the tricky second act. Hyundai hasn’t chosen the easy path either, revealing the all-new i20 N supermini designed to take on the mighty Ford Fiesta ST. In this week’s car pictures gallery, we reveal some extra shots from Adam Towler’s first drive featured in issue 285. To read the story in full, pick up your copy in store or online now via Mags Direct.

Supermini hot hatchbacks have become a rare beast in 2021, with the Renault Sport Clio no more and Peugeot focussing its efforts on electrified models, leaving only the hot Fiesta in the once populous segment. Yet the Fiesta has long been the benchmark, to which the i20 measures up well. Powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the i20N produces 201bhp and 203lb ft of torque, figures that are marginally up on the Fiesta. The 0-62mph sprint also happens in a comparable 6.7sec, with top speed at 143mph.

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As soon as we received our Performance Blue car, Towler and photographer Aston Parrott headed to some familiar b-roads surrounding evo Towers to put it through its paces. As is clear from the lead shot of this page, the i20 N isn’t afraid to lift a rear wheel, and do it over and over again with incredible predictability. 

Specs aren’t what these cars are about though, with fun the priority. Our drive proved that Albert Biermann’s engineers managed to create a breed of hot hatchback increasingly rare in the here and now, and the way the i20 utilises its limited-slip differential is unlike anything else on sale.

What’s not clear from just images is the sound it produces. Much like its larger sibling, pops, cracks and burbles are just a throttle lift away in ‘N’ mode, and although we perhaps prefer the tone of the ST, its rowdy sound is a welcome addition to an increasingly anodyne modern car market.

To read Adam Towler’s drive in full, pick up your copy of issue 285, available now in store or online at Mags Direct. To make sure you don’t miss the next issue subscribe to have it delivered straight to your door.

 Car pictures of the week: archive

Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.

Gallery 1

Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTIFord Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.

Gallery 2

Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.

Gallery 3

The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ��lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.

Gallery 4

Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.

Gallery 5

Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.

Gallery 6

GT3s and GT-Rs are just the beginning for gallery number six, with the Noble M600Aston Martin One-77 and a couple of McLaren flagships filling out our most amazing gallery yet.

Gallery 7

A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R. 

Gallery 8

Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery

Gallery 9

Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!

Gallery 10

Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).

Gallery 11

The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.

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